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Attaching bivy to Tarp
I recently acquired the MLD Bug Bivy and have a GG SpinnTwinn tarp that I am planning to use it under. The attachment points on the Bivy and Tarp are simple fabric loops. I have shock cord that came with it. I am looking for a better option than the provided clips for attaching the shock cord to the fabric loops. The picture below is the clips that are provided. They are a bit cumbersome to use because the plastic is very stiff and difficult to clip/unclip from the fabric loop. Looking for other good ideas on mechanisms for attaching shock cord to fabric loops.
I use the tiny size S-biner. Easier for cold handsEdit: Opens a bear canister also.
Edited by kthompson on 06/02/2012 23:07:00 MDT.
Snip part of the mitten hook off so it's just the hook, no clasp. Easy on, easy off, probably as secure? -Jeff
+1 on the easy use S-Biner! It really makes guy lines & tarps, bug shelters/bivies hook up quick and easy to the tarp.
+1 to Jeff's idea.
I love BPL and the collective knowledge that we all get to tap into. I like both suggestions of the S Biner and the cut hook. However, I think the cut hook is ingenious and definitely is a quick/simpler attachment and should stay in place just fine considering the tension that will be placed on it at all times with the shock cord stretched. Below is a picture after making the cut to remove the unnecessary and very stiff plastic gate.
+2 Cut the HookHook with shock cord to hold tarp beak to front guy line:
I too have cut the plastic hooks down a few times and they have all ways broke over time. The S-Biner is metal and is better for the long run(IMHO). The quick two-way connection is great for guylines with the bug shelters & bivys. My S-Biners ways in at 4 grams and what is wrong with few extra grams? Quality over quantity!
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